Pastor Stephen's Blog
Wednesday, June 16 2021
As I have gotten older and reached my forties, I have begun to relate to life more as a journey than anything else. In some ways, we seem to be writing our own story such as pursuing a degree you are interested in, working in a certain career path that you have chosen, moving to a certain city you have wanted to live in, and so on. In other ways, instead of writing our story, sometimes we seem to be having to react and respond to our story as we deal with life’s problems, frustrations and circumstances as they crash over us like waves of the sea. We might be having to deal with a car being broken down or totaled in a collision. We may have been diagnosed with a life altering illness or disease such as diabetes or cancer. We may have been laid off from our job due to a pandemic or for reasons that are out of our control.
In various places in the Bible life is described as a journey one travels where we are on roads or paths with all of them leading somewhere. Many times we forget that the Bible is our roadmap giving us directions and instructions while we travel. As we drive our vehicles to work or we run errands each day, while driving we cross one intersection after another where we have the option of turning and leaving the current road we are on, or we can remain on the road and continue ahead. An intersection is defined as a place where two or more roads meet with at least one of those roads being a highway. Whether it is in our actual journey of life or the Bible’s description of it, we cross one intersection after another in life where we have the choice to make of turning off the road or continuing full steam ahead.
My experience with the COVID-19 virus was definitely life altering. From the moment I lost my taste and smell, I knew I had it, and my family and I began bracing ourselves for the ride. We did not have a choice in it. We could not pass on it. We had to just deal with it, and fight it with prayer and medical interventions the best way we knew how. We had to own this journey as a family, and deal with the problems it threw at us one at a time whether we liked it or not, whether we wanted to or not.
Pastor Stephen Hebert
Ecclesiastes 9 : 11 (NIV)
The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealthy,
to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”